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How to organize a pantry

Posted on 18 May 2011

How to Organize a Pantry

My baby took a great nap today so I had fun organizing my pantry. Fun? Yes, I love organizing, can’t you tell?

More importantly, I love sharing with you what works for me and what doesn’t work for me so you can benefit from my trial and error.

The pantry has been a nuisance to me because of it’s frequency of use and ability to quickly get messy so I’ve thought a lot about what works and what doesn’t work.

One of my favorite ways to organize a pantry is to keep common recipe ingredients all together, if possible, in one container.

For instance, I’ve got a “baking bin”. In my clear Rubbermaid bin, lies all of the common things I need to begin my baking expeditions. Baking soda, baking powder, flour, oil, sugar, salt, vanilla, cupcake holders. I’m not really adventurous at baking so it’s pretty much those staples for our family. When I need to bake I can grab my “baking bin” and lug it to the counter instead of pulling out one thing at a time from the pantry.

Yes, things will overlap, like you’ll need other spices for BOTH baking and cooking so you really need to think a little bit before you learn how to organize a pantry.

The best way to start thinking about how you’re going to do it is to ask yourself- are there things I’m making pretty regularly, and can I gather those things together in one container to be pulled out all at once when I need it?

how to organize a pantryYou’ll get some Yesses and some No’s.

For instance, if you often make Italian food, you may want to keep the pastas, oils, sauces, and italian seasonings together in one bin.

If you can’t go according to recipe, the next best thing is to group like items together. In this picture, you see that I keep a bin of oils, and cooking sprays. That’s my go-to bin for greasing pots and pans and coating baking sheets. That works well for organizing our pantry.

An example of something that wouldn’t work well all grouped together in a bin are my spices. I use them too often and in too many things, plus they’re short so I wouldn’t see them all the way down in a bin.

I like to store my spices in a Lazy Susan that I can twirl around until I find what I’m looking for.

You can learn more about how to organize your (Kosher) kitchen by picking up a copy of our book: How to Organize a Kosher Kitchen.

Enjoy and remember that all it takes is some trial and error to really learn about what will work best for you in learning how to organize a pantry!

One Response to “How to organize a pantry”

  1. Bobbi Kuhn says:

    Wow! For once there was something I did BEFORE I read this and saw the picture….looks like my pantry at home! Glad to know I am somewhat on the right track…but what about cleaning supplies?

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